Here are the latest Downtown - Fort Point - Leather District - Seaport neighborhood notes:
Crafts in Boston
CraftBoston Spring 2019 will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 14 at the Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.
An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 at the Society of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier Four Blvd. Patrons can enjoy beverages from regional craft breweries and hors d’oeuvres with the talented artists, see the newest exhibitions and shop the Artist Trunk Show.
Proceeds will support the society’s mission to provide opportunities for artists to sustain their creative livelihood. Tickets for this fundraiser are $75 and include weekend admission to the craft fair.
Visit www.societyofcrafts.org or call 617-266-1810 for further information.
One Boston Day
Mayor Martin J. Walsh will host once again host One Boston Day, a new tradition to honor the resiliency, generosity and strength of the city of Boston, on Monday, April 15 at City Hall Plaza.
In the morning the mayor will assist in raising honorary banners on Boylston Street to honor the victims and survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013. He will then visit multiple community sites throughout Boston's neighborhoods marking “One Boston Day.”
The day will be an opportunity to recognize the good in the community and reflect on the spirit of grace and resilience of the people of Boston that was exemplified in the response to the loss and the tragedies of April 15, 2013.
Visit www.cityofboston.gov for more information.
Vacation week programs
The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., will host school vacation week programs from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday through Friday, April 15 to 19.
Visitors can view original samplers from the Meeting House’s collection, learn about the history of this craft and how it continues to inspire today, then try their hand at pattern-making and needlework. Children can don an 18tth century dress or pair of breeches from the collection of Colonial era replicas, and take a selfie with George Washington or Anna Green Winslow.
Activities are included with the museum admission. Admission is free for Boston residents, ages 18 and under, and an accompanying adult.
Call 617-482-6439 or visit www.oldsouthmeetinghouse.org for a daily activity schedule.
Respite and reflection
The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., welcomes visitors for respite and reflection on the sixth anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon, now recognized at One Boston Day, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, April 15.
Admission is free for Massachusetts residents and $6 general admission.
Further information can be found at www.osmh.org or by calling 617-482-6439.
Big Joe the Storyteller will be the guest of the Chinatown Branch Library, 2 Boylston St., from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16.
Joe’s new show “Spring a Ding Ding,” is filled with tales from around the world centered on the beautiful season of spring. Children will meet a boy who plants flowers, a boisterous bear, a tricky turtle, a silly sheep and a buzzing bee. There will be adventure, excitement, fun and lots of laughs, as spring takes hold.
Admission is free. For more information, call 617-807-8176.
Music at the library
The Chinatown Branch Library, 2 Boylston St., will host the Eureka Ensemble in a free concert from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, April 17.
Families will enjoy a morning of chamber performances, stories about composers’ lives and opportunities for young volunteers from the audience to play, sing, drum or clap along with pop hits and familiar songs. Instruments will be provided.
Visit www.eurekaensemble.org or call 617-807-8176 for more details.
Youth arts festival
Boston City Hall, 1City Hall Square, is hosting the 25th annual Youth Arts Month Festival throughout City Hall now through April 29.
Each year, the City of Boston showcases the work of young Boston Public Schools artists from across the district. This year’s exhibit features the work of 29 schools representing more than 330 Pre-K to 12th grade students.
Further information can be found at www.cityofboston.gov/departments/arts-and-culture.
Daffodils in the Seaport
Twenty-foot nylon daffodils will sprout up in the Seaport ahead of the Boston Marathon. The public art installation “20 Knots: Daffodils for Boston” running now through April 29 will feature 20 enormous flowers that will spin in the wind.
The Seaport commissioned artist Daniele Frazier to create the orange, yellow and green flowers, to celebrate spring and the Marathon. Daffodils have come to symbolize the Boston Marathon after the program Marathon Daffodils planted 130,000 daffodils along the 26.2 mile route as a sign of hope after the 2013 marathon bombings.
Power and privilege in art
The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., is displaying the “Power and Privilege Art Exhibit” now to through May 18.
An artists’ reception will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 2.
This exhibition explores the tension between historical and contemporary conceptions of “power” and “privilege.” These works are intended to both expand and challenge awareness of current issues, institutions and individualized views. No one subject, medium, technique or style is duplicated, and each artist has chosen to engage in an often-uncomfortable dialogue between diverging perspectives of power and privilege.
The work is by faculty members of the visual and media arts department at Bunker Hill Community College: Yong Chen, Gary Duehr, Erica Flores, Julio S. Flores, Tamblyn Griffiths, James Lambert, Liza Lynch, James “Ari” Montford, Claire Roll, Marc Schepens, Abigail Wamboldt and Katie Wild.
Admission to the exhibition and reception are free.
For more details, call 617-863-9080 or visit www.bhcc.edu.
The community is invited to the opening of “Peter T. Bennett: The Lure of Aluminum” in the Trustees Gallery of the Society of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier Four Blvd.
In this exhibit, Maine-based artist Bennett brings a survey of his work from the past 12 years, including pieces from the new “Strangeman-Everyman” series created in response to the 2016 Presidential election as well as earlier abstract works. All pieces in this solo exhibition are created primarily from aluminum, his material of choice. Bennett has worked with the medium for much of his career, inspired by its ubiquity, its versatility and the change in thinking that its proliferation fostered between the late 19th century and the modernist period.
The exhibition will run until May 5. Admission is free.
Visit www.societyofcrafts.org or call 617-266-1810 for more information.
The Chinatown Branch Library, 2 Boylston St., will offer free, fun activities for children during April.
Mother Goose on the Loose for babies and toddlers will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays.
This interactive story time uses rhymes, songs, puppets, musical instruments and more to stimulate the learning process of babies and toddlers. Artsy Afternoons will be held on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. when children, ages 3 and older, can explore culture and art through activities and projects.
At 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, kids, ages 2 to 5, can listen to STEAM stories – stories and songs about science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.
Adults must accompany children. Call 617-807-7186 for more information.
Carousel is open
The Rose F. Kennedy Conservancy’s Greenway carousel is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays through April.
This one-of-a-kind carousel features animals native to Boston such as lobster, cod, fox, squirrel, grasshopper, peregrine falcon, turtle, oarfish, whale, rabbit, harbor seal and more. It was designed to be accessible to individuals with physical, cognitive and sensory disabilities.
Rides are $3 each or $25 for a book of 10. Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more information.
Made in Fort Point
The Made in Fort Point store at 315 A St. is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
The store sells and exhibits art, craft and design of more than 75 Fort Point Arts Community members and hosts special events and community meetings. Visitors can find paintings, jewelry, prints, photography, ceramics, furniture, lighting, artists’ books, wearables, greeting cards and more, all made by local artists.
Call 617-423-1100 or visit www.fortpointarts.org for more information.